The World Federation of Critical Care Nurses recently named Hadassah nurse Julie Benbenishty RN, MSN, Ph.D., as their newest ambassador.

Born in the United States, Benbenishty made aliyah on her own in high school and studied medicine at the Henrietta Szold Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Nursing, where she now teaches. An expert critical care nurse, she also serves as vice president of the European Federation of Critical Care Nurses.

She is a founder of Nurses in the Middle East, an organization that began with outreach to Palestinian colleagues and now encompasses countries throughout the Middle East.

She has taught critical care nursing and trauma medicine in Tanzania and on the Polish border with Ukraine.

Says Benbenishty, “The key aims of the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses are to represent critical care nursing at an international level and to help improve critical care nursing practice worldwide. My job as an ambassador is to establish standards for education, practice, and management of critical care nursing, to contribute to international guideline development, and to collaborate with other international organizations in conducting global research, which impacts on patient care.”

She will be speaking at the United Nations on March 11.